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Charleston Harbor History Tour

From US$27,56
  • Book ahead to guarantee a day and time for this Charleston history cruise
  • Travel by a different mode of transport—an 80-foot sightseeing boat 
  • Learn about the city’s history from a guide, including the Civil War
Charleston Harbor History Tour
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11:30am Harbor Cruise
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Combine cool city sights from the water with a boatload of historical facts during this Charleston history cruise—a great way for first-time visitors to orient themselves. An easy-to-find meeting place takes the stress out of navigating a new area, leaving you to sit back and enjoy your guided tour on the Charleston Harbor.
What to Expect
Meet for your Charleston Harbor cruise at Charleston Maritime Center on Wharfside Street in the city. Turn in your voucher at check-in, and board your sightseeing boat.

When you board, find a spot you’d like best for this guided tour. If you’d like you can purchase drinks on board the boat (own expense) to sip on while you sail.

Your guide starts right away telling you the history of the city as you pass by antebellum houses and pass under bridges. Follow the Cooper River all the way to the Fort Sumter National Monument.

Your guide tells you stories about the Civil War and WWII, and you might even catch sight of wildlife as you cruise, including dolphins and pelicans. See Fort Moultrie and Fort Johnson, along with St. Michael’s Episcopal Church.

Your Charleston tour ends back at the place where it began on Wharfside Street.
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Reviewed yesterday
Great Value and Crowded Boat

First off, this is a very inexpensive tour. The narration was excellent and we truly enjoyed seeing the sites around Charleston's Harbor, Fort Sumter, the Ravenel Bridge, etc. The boat itself when we went was very crowded. We were able to see and had seats....More

Thank DryProp
Reviewed 3 days ago
Great Harbor Tour

We enjoyed the harbor tour. Before we board we saw dolphins swimming nearby. The tour lasted approximately 90 minutes. I would recommend this tour to everyone. It was educational, relaxing, and fun!

Thank Pam S
Reviewed 4 days ago
Very enjoyable afternoon!

Capt. Andy gave us an informative tour of the Charleston Harbor. Nice overview of the harbor's history and a skilled crew. Highly recommend it.

Thank Cathy W
Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile
Good time and worth the money!

We went on a hot day. So if you’re in the sun, bring sunscreen! There’s not much of a breeze on the boat on a calm day. That being said, it’s really nice! Descriptive but not continuous talking. You’re also free to move about if...More

Thank Lindsey C
Reviewed 4 days ago

We enjoyed this tour a lot, price was reasonable. Boat was clean, seating adequate. This was a narrated tour by the Captain of the boat. He talked so very fast that you missed details. I know he had a lot of information to share, but...More

Thank SL21872
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11 June 2018|
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Response from Cheryl K | Reviewed this property |
paid parking. we walked to the site and then bicycle taxi back. the city is easy enough to walk about.
Pam R
2 June 2018|
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Response from Jedda1 | Reviewed this property |
About a 2 hour tour. Yes it is aircon in the inside but you’ll miss a bit being there vs up top.
29 May 2018|
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Response from NonnieR29 | Reviewed this property |
It rained the day we went. We were able to go upstairs and get under a small awning beside the bar area. We did have ponchos. It was fine. There is a down stairs area that covered and air conditioned.